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Brian Smith

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Brian Smith is a Lead Guide at Exum Mountain Guides and an Internationally Certified AMGA/IFMGA American Mountain Guide.  He has been climbing for over 25 years, skiing for over 35 years, and guiding at Exum since 2005.  Brian resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and has been a ski patroller at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, led rock and mountaineering courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School, is a backcountry ski guide at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and teaches high altitude expedition climbing and skiing in Peru for the School for International Expedition Training.  He also teaches Avalanche Courses for the American Avalanche Institute.  In the midst of juggling multiple jobs and raising a daughter, Brian enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, skiing, ice climbing, and traveling.

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Best Bivy Sack of 2022

Best Bivy Sack of 2022

What is the best bivy sack? Throughout the past few years, we have traveled near and far with a pack full of bivys to determine which are worth their weight and which should be turned into...
Best Rock Climbing Shoes for Kids of 2022

Best Rock Climbing Shoes for Kids of 2022

With a lack of thorough kids' climbing shoe reviews, we researched over 40 of the top models, purchasing the best 10 to put through our testing process. Our expert testers decided to help...
Best Folding Saws of 2022

Best Folding Saws of 2022

Are you searching for the best folding saw? Our team of expert gear reviewers diligently researched over 40 different options and then purchased the top 9 saws for extensive side-by-side...
How To Choose a Bivy Sack

How To Choose a Bivy Sack

How to choose the best bivy sack? While the idea of zipping yourself up inside a nylon sack for the night might seem daunting or uncomfortable, the opposite can actually be true - a bivy...
Outdoor Research Helium Bivy
Editors' Choice

Outdoor Research Helium Bivy

A highly refined and functional bivy which has obviously been through extensive research and development. Down to having multiple colors on zippers making it easy to distinguish what...
Evolv Venga
Editors' Choice

Evolv Venga

With so many great traits, we think the Venga is the best all-around kids shoe available. While comfort and adjustability are common with kids shoes, good performance normally is not, but...
Rab Alpine Bivi

Rab Alpine Bivi

The Alpine was a highly weather-resistant and functional bivy packed into a minimalist design. While we would like to have a few more of the creature comforts in this bivy, it performed...
Snugpak Stratosphere

Snugpak Stratosphere

A spacious bivy that is well-ventilated around the head and shoulders and is ideal for cold-weather overnights...
Black Diamond Twilight Bivy

Black Diamond Twilight Bivy

If you're looking for an extremely lightweight and compact bivy sack for light and fast missions, this just might be the ticket. While its weather resistance is limited and we would prefer...
Evolv Ashima
Top Pick

Evolv Ashima

Ashima Shiraishi, one of the world's strongest young climbers, worked with Evolv to build a shoe that performs well in almost any terrain but excels in steep boulder problems and sport...
La Sportiva Maverink
Top Pick

La Sportiva Maverink

With kids performing at such high levels, an aggressive down-turned shoe with features like the P3 platform and the No-Edge technology help kids meet their full potential.

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